Happy new year to all of you. Whether you are on vacation and peeking at the news, or reading this as you just get back to work, here is something interesting and fun to see:
Martin Wattenberg. Data visualization. Media art. Collective intelligence.
Wattenberg is a computer scientist and new media artist. He is the founding manager of IBM’s Visual Communication Lab, which researches new forms of visualization and how they can enable better collaboration.
Check out his many projects (e.g., Name Voyager, the Baby Name Wizard with data from the Social Security Administration, or history flow, visualizing the editing history of Wikipedia pages, or Many-Eyes, an experiment in open, public data visualization and analysis).
This is another good example of what interesting things can be done when we have complete access to information. When the raw data are free, we can do so much more than the single views of data provided by government agencies.
Read more about Wattenberg here:
He creates ways of seeing information, by Billy Baker, Boston Globe, December 29, 2008.
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